Devolver on SS3 Piracy: People Will Pay for Awesome

After seeing success on Steam, Serious Sam 3: BFE publisher Devolver Digital has stated on Twitter that “people will pay for awesome.” According to Devolver CFO Fork Parker, SS3 “combats piracy by being a fun, frantic game and offers wild ass 16-player campaign co-op.”

Destructoid reached out to Parker for further comment, and received the following reply:

Piracy is a problem and there is no denying that but the success of games like Skyrim and our own Serious Sam 3 on PC illustrates that there is clearly a market willing to pay for PC games. It’s on the developers and publishers to put something out on the market that’s worth paying for in the first place. Those that place the blame on the consumer need to rethink the quality of their products and the frequency in which they shovel out derivative titles each year.

Wow. I think I teared up a little, there. Quote of the year goes to Fork Parker — hear that, Ubisoft? Rather than make up fake statistics about 95% of your PC players pirating a game that hasn’t even been released, why don’t you own up to your end of the issue?

Parker went on to say:

The other side of the equation is the distribution model. In games, we have amazing PC digital download services like Steam, Get Games and Direct2Drive doing the same thing for games that iTunes did for music. Offer the consumer a variety of great digital content at a reasonable price and the majority will happily pay for the games that suit their tastes.

Some companies shy away from digital distribution for fear of it being an easier avenue for piracy, but they fail to realize the strength of the distribution model — how many games would you have skipped on if it weren’t for a Steam sale? Or simply due to the ease of buying digitally?

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5 Comments on Devolver on SS3 Piracy: People Will Pay for Awesome

IzayoiKagemaru

On November 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Well there’s a man with his head in the right place.

Robin

On November 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Well, I don’t think publishers would be so concerned about piracy if it wasn’t a real issue. I haven’t pirated a pc game in years now, but I’m sure something like that must have happened before that. In the end PC Gamers have to realize that if you want games to come to PC, then you have to pay for them, and if you can pay upwards of $200 for a video card, you can afford to pay for a game.

Warp

On November 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

@Robin

Publishers use piracy mostly as a scapegoat for games that fail to sell according to expectation or were just plain bad and did not sell and as an excuse to limit costumer freedoms.

The real truth of it is that piracy is only a problem if you make it one.

joder666

On November 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

And i though guys/companies like this died long time ego.

Sam

On December 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

That spider dude in the picture? That’s SS3′s DRM.